Invite me to an event I would want to attend, because it’s at least a 90 minute drive each way. You are the only reason I would go to your cute town. Besides that, I have an LYS 2 miles from my house. I need a really really good excuse to justify the drive.
The enticement: A yarn I’ve wanted to experience. Knit1 Oxford had a Shibui yarn tasting event!
Have a relaxed intimate atmosphere, I’m a knitter ( I am introverted and reserve). Too many people around means I get confused or stressed and unable to make decisions. (I’m so glad we came early.)
Have plenty of samples to try on and that would fit. I did try on just about everything. Most were misses, but the one hit, I LOVE. Have a decent mirror.
BTW, I was too busy trying things on or petting yarn to take any pictures. I completely forgot. Most images are courtesy of the shop or snagged of Ravelry. Links are included.
Have knowledgable people, because I want to learn more or I might have skipped over that ONE item. I would not have looked at the cape pattern if your rep didn’t insist I look though the book. No buyers remorse, but I need to say, this is THE most expensive garment I will have.
I loved seeing how Shibui combines different yarns for different effects. Verifies what I already planned to do with repurposing the cashmere thrift shop sweaters. Doesn’t this justify or balance out?
My original intention before stepping into your shop: checking out Quince & Co.’s linen yarns for summer knitting and maximum spending limit of $50-60. Very few LYSs are distributors of Quince yarns. But guess what, being able to test knit the Shibui Linen made a big decision difference for me.
Result of your efforts: multiples beyond my original budget. Silk/mohair and merino for a very warm winter cape (Cirrus by Nancy O’Connell), a funky pattern from (Monochrome Filter by Kristen Johnstone), and oh yeah, as an afterthought, some linen, more Shibui and Louet lace.
Nice job Patsy and Kathy.
BTW, I just found tops at a steep discount to wear with my new yarns. See…..
It was meant to be.